Let’s suppose a few years back you were hired and with it you mapped out the different corporate careers that will follow. What you did not expect however is your company facing problems during the financial crisis and leading to you being laid off. Confident of your skills you do an executive job search and send out resumes. The sad thing is that you have yet to receive a reply. You have initially set your sights on managerial positions but realize that you may need to apply for corporate jobs with lower positions. This means that you will clearly be overqualified and may still not get the job. Fortunately there are a few ways to go around this and here we tell you how.
The first thing you need to do is to hold off on sending resumes. Sounds wrong? Well according to human resource experts, by sending resumes you stand a chance of getting rejected. What you should do instead is call or if that seems to forward, write a letter to the one in charge of hiring and tell them why you are qualified for the jobs they are offering.
Even if you know that you are overqualified for position, do not volunteer that information, or even use that as your bargaining chip. Let them be the one to raise such issues on why you are not to be hired for the corporate jobs they are offering. By having the hiring manager state the issues, you will be at a position to answer them and convince them why they are not a problem to begin with. If they say for example that you may get bored once you start, counter with saying that there will always be something new to learn and that you are excited to do so.
It is at this time that you can then use your additional qualifications as leverage. Tell them for example that since you have these qualifications then you know that you can rise up in the ranks and will bring more benefit to the company. Make sure that you share with them how these qualifications have helped you in the past and how it can help the company you are applying to. What this simply means is that you need to sell yourself and put in their minds the idea that you are who they need. Just remember to let them be the one to raise the issue of being overqualified.
Finally when it comes down to it, be prepared to answer difficult, and sometimes embarrassing, questions. Don’t show weakness and give them the perception that even if the job may seem “beneath” you, you will always give it 100% of your effort and skills. Downplay whatever negative perception they may have and change it instead to something positive. If done correctly you will be able to get any corporate jobs out there even if you are overqualified.
Remember just be humble and in the end you will get what you really want which is to stop doing executive job search and instead start going to work.